Udall asks for help for dairy farmers

New Mexico Senator Tom Udall is taking up the plight of New Mexico dairy farmers.

Udall, along with Senator Jeff Bingaman, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack with recommendations on how to help struggling dairy farmers.

They asked the secretary to relax packaging requirements for cheese products sold to the government.

They are also requesting dairy commodities inspections be more timely in order to avoid costly delays.

New Mexico is the 8th largest dairy state with total annual sales of more than $900,000.

Milk production is the state's most important agricultural commodity according to Udall.